Susan Lucci Honored, Barbara Walters Remembered at 50th Daytime Emmy Awards

Susan Lucci Honored, Barbara Walters Remembered at 50th Daytime Emmy Awards: “General Hospital” clinched six trophies, with four specifically for acting, during the Daytime Emmy Awards on Friday. Susan Lucci, renowned star of “All My Children,” received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, while “The View” creator Barbara Walters was fondly remembered in a tribute by Connie Chung.

The series “Hospital” achieved the accolade for Best Daytime Drama Series. Executive producer Frank Valentini expressed gratitude, stating, “This is truly a special night, and I feel very appreciative and a little anxious.” Among the acting awardees was Sonya Eddy, recognized for her portrayal of “Hospital” head nurse Epiphany Johnson, who sadly passed away last December at the age of 55 due to a post-surgical infection. Another winner, producer N’Neka Garland, served on the series for 22 years before her passing in March at the age of 49 from a heart attack.

“We would like to dedicate this to Sonya Eddy and N’Neka Garland; we love you so much,” expressed Valentini during the ceremony, hosted at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel.
This event marked the first significant awards show since the conclusion of the dual writers’ and actors’ strikes this fall. Originally scheduled for June 16, the ceremony had to be postponed until Friday.

Susan Lucci Secures Lifetime Achievement Award, Expresses Gratitude to Late Husband Helmut Huber

Susan Lucci was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her remarkable 40-year portrayal of Erica Kane on ABC’s “All My Children.”
At the age of 76, Susan Lucci, known for one of the longest losing streaks in the history of the Emmys, finally broke through with a win in 1999 after 18 nominations in the lead actress category. Shemar Moore, who enthusiastically declared, “The streak is over!” when presenting her with the trophy at that time, returned to introduce her on this occasion. Moore proclaimed, “She’s the leading lady of daytime,” leading to Lucci being greeted with a standing ovation. Reflecting on her journey, Lucci expressed gratitude, stating, “How lucky was I to be put in the hands of (creator) Agnes Nixon. Agnes was the trailblazer. She was the visionary storyteller who gave me the part of a lifetime: The fabulously flawed Erica Kane.”

Lucci expressed her gratitude towards her son, Andreas Huber, and paid tribute to her late husband, Helmut Huber, who passed away in 2022. She stated, “The icing on the cake for me tonight is that my son Andreas is with me. It means so much to me to have you here with me. And you know what else? I feel your dad’s presence here tonight with us, too. I thank my husband, Helmut Huber, because he has everything to do with my standing up here tonight and receiving this incredible award.”

“Connie Chung Pays Tribute to Barbara Walters”

“Fellow newswoman Connie Chung Pays Tribute to Barbara Walters”
Connie Chung paid homage to Barbara Walters, a trailblazing figure who, among her various achievements, created the acclaimed daytime talk show “The View” on ABC in 1997. Walters, who passed away at the age of 93 last December, was hailed by Chung for “revolutionizing the face of daytime television” as the show’s creator, producer, star, and driving force. Chung acknowledged Walters as an icon who paved the way for women in television news, stating, “She mom-ed me. And although they would never admit it, she taught the men a thing or two. I can’t fathom she is gone. We remember her and all the others who passed, for their contributions to television.”

Wonder Years’ Star Alley Mills Wins First Emmy for ‘Hospital

Alley Mills, 72, Wins First Emmy for Guest Performance on ‘Hospital
Alley Mills, renowned for her role as the mom on the original 1988-93 version of ABC’s The Wonder Years, achieved her first Emmy win for a guest performance in a daytime drama. Following the loss of her husband, actor Orson Bean, in a tragic accident in 2020, Mills shared, I had just lost my beloved husband – it was pretty traumatic – and then I get asked to play a seriously traumatized person who kills a lot of people, but she’s got a heart of gold.” Mills continued, “And she’s barreling towards the light all the time, and it gave me that ability to keep going and barrel towards the light. The world is so screwed up right now that all I can say to all of you traumatized people out there, just keep barreling towards the light

Thorsten Kaye Secures First Emmy After Seven Nominations for Lead Actor in ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ Thorsten Kaye achieved his first Emmy win, breaking a streak of seven nominations, for his outstanding performance as Ridge Forrester on CBS’s . The Bold and the Beautiful.

“Kelly Clarkson Secures Third Emmy for Daytime Talk Show”

Kelly Clarkson Achieves Third Consecutive Emmy Win for Daytime Talk Show and Talk Host
Kelly Clarkson secured her third consecutive Emmy trophy for a daytime talk series, also winning in the category of daytime talk host. Despite her absence, the singer moved her syndicated show from Los Angeles to New York this year. Executive producer Alex Duda expressed, It’s a pleasure to work with her. She makes it fun, she’s a joy every day, and that makes it a little easier. Duda added, She wanted me to thank all of our viewers for sticking with us on this migration as we moved.

The 50th annual ceremony, commemorating achievements in talk shows and soap operas, stands as the first significant awards show to return following the resolution of the Hollywood writers’ and actors’ strikes. Originally scheduled for June, the event was rescheduled to celebrate its golden anniversary. As part of the festivities, the previous winner of a category was paired with a past winner to serve as presenters.

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